At Wildern we place our students at the heart of the school community. We believe that all students can be successful in an environment where care, opportunity and quality permeate all that we do. Wildern is a happy school which provides an atmosphere which supports students and enables their success, their development of character and well-being. Our students know that they are valued as individuals with unique needs, strengths and potential.
The pastoral team consists of a Senior Leader for Learning (pastoral) with The Directors of Progress and Achievement (DOPA), alongside their Assistants (ADOPA). They are responsible for creating and maintaining a positive and nurturing ethos within the Year group, monitoring the overall academic progress of each student and supporting the work of the Form Tutors within the team. There are 12/13 tutor groups per Year Group.
The Form Tutor is the lynchpin of the pastoral care system. Each Form Tutor is responsible for a Tutor Group, which stays together for registration and tutorial purposes, in most cases for five years; a comprehensive tutor time programme, Digging Deeper, supports the work of the Form Tutor. Part of the tutor's role is to monitor attendance and behaviour, as well as to maintain an overview of academic progress.
Additionally, tutor groups within a Year Group are divided into one of the six School Houses – Alba, Bedford, Driscoll, Jubilee, Paxton and Sovereign - for the Wildern House Championships. The championship is designed to work within year and across year groups. All curriculum areas contribute and every student will have an opportunity to participate in a range of competitions.
For more information go to the House Championships page.
The pastoral structure is further underpinned and supported by Student Services, our Inclusion Manager, Learning Hub Manager, school counsellor and school first aider. They work alongside the Directors of Progress and Achievement (DOPAs) to support and educate our students with emotional and behavioural issues that can affect their learning within the school environment.
We offer support to parents/guardians, and are able to signpost them to other agencies if needed, who can advise and support students and families outside school.
The students themselves play a large role in leading the pastoral system; our Head Boy and Girl with their Deputies lead our school Prefect team. The House Captains of each of our six Houses support all the students and help run and organise many of the House competitions. In Year 8 students volunteer to become one of our CHUMs (Caring Helping Understandings Mentors). This group of students is instrumental in supporting Year 7 during those first few months of secondary school.